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Moonfish. Short film about a young woman's self-discovery.

Moonfish is a short film about a young woman's mental health journey of self-discovery.

Moonfish. Short film about a young woman's self-discovery.

Moonfish is a short film about a young woman's mental health journey of self-discovery.

£1,376
pledged of £3,500pledged of £3,500 goal
25
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, April 22 2019 4:25 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated April 22, 2019

About

Stills captured by Courtney J Bennett
Stills captured by Courtney J Bennett

SYNOPSIS

MOONFISH is a story about a young woman's mental health journey. 

The film follows a day in the life of the protagonist; carrying around her depression and anxiety, in the form of a hallucination of her younger self. She longs to revert back to childhood, so she can start all over again, erasing the person she is today. Much like a particular type of jellyfish, Turritopsis Dohrnii.

She uses sex, drugs and unhealthy and dysfunctional relationships to try to run away from her inner monologue. She uses this escapism to bury the shame she feels of who she has become. She masks herself, with a somewhat brash persona, to others and avoids confronting her issues until she finally learns to let go of her past, and live her life in the present. 

On this day - we see the girl in her normal dysfunctional world, that she has created - suddenly she is confronted by the prospect that she is going to lose the one thing she cares about; her pet jellyfish aka MOONFISH - as its particular life cycle means it is nearing the end of its life; regenerating, disintegrating and getting smaller. Therefore, she decides to release it and let it go. 

SOME HOPE: This propels her to finally make changes in her life that she has been avoiding for so long; allowing her to be free. 

The film's aim is to open up a dialogue about mental health, touching on the effects of childhood trauma, by using a female perspective to engage and relate with others who feel voiceless during their own mental health journey, long into adult life.  

WRITERS

Natalia and Gabriella Kyri are two aspiring film makers from North London - passionate about female led stories, and stories that shine a light on mental health, particularly everyday mental health issues that are so often unspoken.

Natalia is a writer and actor, with production experience. She is currently developing a play, consulting with London-based theatre director Joe Harmston.  Natalia studied playwriting at the National Theatre. 

Natalia created and wrote the world of MOONFISH.

Gabriella is a writer with experience working in production on short form and music video content, including music promos; Vegan Chat by Meridian Dan, with film makers Blok Pictures, and Guess Again by Plan B. She also worked story editing for some of the basis of Plan B's album Heaven Before All Hell Breaks Loose. 

Gabriella worked story editing MOONFISH, helping to write and develop the story. 

Where was the story born from?

Natalia began exploring her own mental health journey by writing poetry. This helped her to express her thoughts and feelings in a creative way that would speak to others who can relate. 

Gabriella and Natalia began developing this poetry into prose - exploring how these feelings can be expressed visually through a story arc. 

Poetry that helped form the basis for MOONFISH
Poetry that helped form the basis for MOONFISH

CAST

Natalia Kyri will be playing the lead; Girl/Connie.  

DIRECTOR

Martin Ledwith is an experienced acting coach, most known for his work on feature film '71, starring Jack O'Connell, with Director Yann Demange. He has also worked on the critically acclaimed British series; Top Boy.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS

Ben Drew, aka Plan B, Musician, Actor, Writer and Director - starred in Harry Brown, and wrote and Directed Ill Manors

 INFLUENCES 

How will the money raised be used?

To pay our lovely cast and crew, location hire, kit hire, insurances, catering, editing, post-production etc. EVERYTHING that goes into making a short film. 

Whilst we are working on getting some favours from friends (and friends of friends) - we need funding to be able to tell the story properly and professional + to propel the film after its shot and its important story and message into a place where it can be seen and heard. 

When will you be shooting the film?

We are aiming to shoot the film in the Spring. We have cast a young actress to play the part of the younger self hallucination - therefore we will need to shoot around her school schedule! 

Follow the stories development on Instagram: @moonfishshortfilm 

Risks and challenges

As with all film productions there are of course some risks and challenges to deadlines and budgets - for your info. We hope that you are compelled by our story and will kindly donate to us, despite the usual risks and challenges. We are working professionally so that challenges can be overcome and risks can be avoided.

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